Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Creative people tend to be more dishonest

The Dark Side of Creativity: Original Thinkers Can Be More Dishonest

Published: February 10, 2011
Authors: Francesca Gino and Dan Ariely
  • Creative students who showed a natural aptitude for divergent thinking tended to cheat more than linear thinkers.
  • Creativity is a better predictor of unethical behavior than intelligence.
  • Students who were deliberately induced to think creatively were, in turn, more likely to cheat than those who weren't primed to think outside the box.
  • Creative people are more likely to cheat in part because their creativity helps them to come up with ingenious explanations to justify their unethical behavior.

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